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Straight Creek Trail

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Other Names

Tenderfoot Mountain, Eisenhower Tunnel, Blue River, White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This old logging road follows I-70 and ends near the Eisenhower Tunnel. The trail is roughly six miles long each way and is rated as moderately challenging (depending on the weather) due to moderate elevation changes, loose chunk rock and several challenging creek crossings.

The main staging area has minimal parking and is gated. As of this writing there is no fee charged to ride or park, but motorcycles must display a current Colorado OHV Sticker.

The trail is seasonal and usually opens to motorized use around late May through the end of November. Exact dates vary so call before you haul.

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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenMay 21 - November 22
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoColorado Non-Resident OHV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityDillon, CO
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Denver, CO
1) Take I-70 west to Exit 205
2) Turn left (south) off the exit ramp onto Hwy 6, continue about 1 mile
3) Turn left (north) onto Evergreen Road then take an immediate right (east) onto County Road 51, continue about 2 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoWhite River National Forest - Dillon Ranger District
680 Blue River Pkwy
Silverthorne, CO 80498
(970) 468-5400


Straight Creek Trail Photo

Straight Creek Trail

Photo Submitted 9/11/2019 (Thanks!)

Straight Creek Trail Photo

Straight Creek Trail

Photo Submitted 9/11/2019 (Thanks!)

Straight Creek Trail Photo

Straight Creek Trail

Photo Submitted 4/19/2016 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail12
Climate TypeForest
Elevation9314 to 12777 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)City Market Gas Station (970) 468-2363
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)City Market Gas Station (970) 468-2363
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Heaton Bay Campground (970) 945-2521
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)Heaton Bay Campground (970) 945-2521
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)Upper Blue Sanitation District (970) 453-6442
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (SW)Heaton Bay Campground (970) 945-2521
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)City Market Gas Station (970) 468-2363
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